Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc. was pleased to announce this morning that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is planning to issue a third patent #7,949,534 to the company today. A continuation of the Company’s second patent #7,558,730 titled “Speech Recognition and Transcription Among Users Having Heterogeneous Protocols”, this third patent is anticipated to strengthen the company’s position in voice recognition. The Company’s three patents include claims that cover an extensive base of features applicable to existing Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) products and markets.
On March 9, 2010 USPTO declared an interference between Advanced Voice Recognition Systems as Senior Party and Allvoice Developments, US LLC as Junior Party. An interference is a proceeding conducted by the USPTO in instances where two or more parties claim patent rights to the same technology. In an interference the primary purpose of the USPTO is to determine which party invented the technology first, and to award the patent to that party. The Advanced Voice Recognition Systems patent was filed approximately 10 months before the Allvoice Patent. On January 13, 2011 Oblon Spivak of Alexandria, Virginia, representing Advanced Voice Recognition Systems in the Interference proceedings, delivered oral arguments before a three judge panel of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). Oral arguments were the culmination of thousands of hours of team effort. The Company hopes to receive a decision soon.
Additionally the Allvoice Patent is the subject of a lawsuit that Allvoice filed against Microsoft in August 2009 in which Allvoice alleged infringement of Allvoice’s patent. Advanced Voice Recognition Systems is a third party in the suit which was recently relocated to the Western District of Washington. Microsoft in turn filed invalidity contentions based in part on Advanced Voice Recognition Systems’ patent and its previously marketed product Digital Dictate. To date the Western District of Washington has not ruled on the invalidity contentions asserted by Microsoft.
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